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Five PCAs honored in 7th annual State House award ceremony

2016 Paul Kahn PCA award winners

Five Mass. Residents Honored as PCAs in 7th Annual State House Ceremony 

BOSTON –Five individuals from across the state were honored for their dedication and outstanding performance as Personal Care Assistants in a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on October 4. The awards are named in honor of Paul Kahn, a long-time disability rights advocate from Newton who died in 2010.

PCAs support elders and individuals of all ages who have disabilities by assisting them with activities of daily living that they are unable to do themselves, such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation and shopping. PCAs help people with disabilities live and contribute to their communities and make it possible for many people with disabilities to work by helping them prepare for a day in the workplace.

The Paul Kahn Award for PCA Service is sponsored by the Massachusetts PCA Quality Home Care Workforce Council, Rewarding Work Resources, and 1199SEIU Health Care Workers East.

Award recipients were chosen from five regions of the state. The honored recipients are Kathleen Chagnon of Montague (western region); Annie Mae Bell of Roxbury (Greater Boston); Marcy Dube of Worcester (central region); Diane Hahn of Fairhaven (southeast region); and Thomas Hahnen of Lynn (northeast region).

 “PCAs are important because they make it possible for people to remain living independently at home. The Paul Kahn award recipients are representative of the tens of thousands of excellent PCAs throughout Massachusetts who help improve the quality of life for more than 20,000 individuals,” says Elenore Parker, president of Rewarding Work. Parker’s organization created and manages the PCA Workforce Council’s innovative, online service ( for finding and hiring PCAs. 

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